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The Top-Ranked Dividend Growth Stocks By Sector

Published Mon, 13 Apr 2020 09:00:00 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities for dividend growth investors.
This article presents the top-ranked stocks in the Dividend Champions list, by sector.
To rank stocks, I sort them by decreasing quality scores based on DVK Quality Snapshots and break ties by comparing up to three additional metrics, in turn.
The article includes tables presenting quality indicators, key metrics, and fair value estimates.
Investors looking to build a diversified portfolio of dividend growth stocks might find the information in this article useful.

The COVID-19 pandemic has ended the 11-year bull market, and stock prices have dropped precipitously. These are troubling times, but Trouble is Opportunity. Many high-quality dividend growth stocks that traded at premium valuations just two months ago are available at discounts now!
This article presents the three top-ranked dividend growth stocks in each of the GICS sectors. For each stock, I provide quality indicators, key metrics, and fair value estimates. I also provide charts showing how each of these stocks performed since February 19, when the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high of 3,386.15.
I consider dividend growth stocks to be stocks with increasing dividend payouts in each of the past five years. The Dividend Champions list covers such stocks listed on U.S. exchanges.
To rank dividend growth stocks, I sort them by decreasing quality scores as determined by DVK Quality Snapshots. The system assigns quality scores by employing five quality indicators and assigning 0-5 points to each quality indicator, for a maximum of 25 points. To break ties, I compare up to three additional metrics, in turn.
Ranking Stocks
DVK Quality Snapshots provide an elegant and effective way to assess the quality of dividend stocks. I use the scoring system as presented by DVK but use my own systems to rate and rank dividend stocks.

DVK Quality Snapshots scoring system and my rating system

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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
EXXON MOBIL 71.98   17.3 4.15 3.48 4.83
VERIZON COMM 60.43   15.8 3.83 2.46 4.04
LEGG MASON 39.76   0.0 -0.66 1.60 4.03
CHEVRON 121.42   15.7 7.72 4.76 3.91
REALTY INCOME 74.49   56.9 1.31 2.72 3.69
FRANKLIN RESOURCES 29.79   11.0 2.70 1.04 3.66
PHILLIPS 66 102.19   8.8 11.56 3.60 3.50
BLACKROCK 434.75   16.5 26.34 13.20 3.08
PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE 61.45   21.3 2.88 1.88 3.07
FEDERAL REALTY INVESTMENT TRUST 135.76   40.4 3.36 4.20 3.00
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 130.43   21.6 6.03 3.80 2.93
PEPSICO 137.29   15.2 9.02 3.82 2.81
MERCK & CO 83.31   23.3 3.57 2.20 2.69
PROCTER & GAMBLE 122.77   90.3 1.36 2.98 2.49
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 72.29   27.5 2.63 1.72 2.38
HOME DEPOT 233.80   23.3 10.04 5.44 2.33
UNION PACIFIC 167.71   19.9 8.42 3.88 2.32
NEXTERA ENERGY 220.74   31.7 6.96 5.00 2.29
MCDONALDS 212.15   27.9 7.61 4.64 2.21
AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS 220.67   28.6 7.72 4.64 2.17
GENERAL DYNAMICS 189.41   16.8 11.25 4.08 2.17
MEDTRONIC 110.38   33.8 3.27 2.16 2.01
ATMOS ENERGY 109.44   25.9 4.23 2.10 1.93
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL 168.63   17.9 9.44 3.28 1.93
ADP 160.41   30.6 5.24 3.16 1.92
CHUBB 160.10   19.6 8.15 3.00 1.88
COMCAST 46.97   17.9 2.62 0.84 1.81
PPG INDUSTRIES 118.21   23.3 5.08 2.04 1.74
AMERICAN TOWER 218.85   66.3 3.30 3.68 1.70
MICROSOFT 137.52   27.1 5.07 1.84 1.35
WALT DISNEY 137.50   17.3 7.93 1.76 1.30
NIKE 87.67   35.2 2.49 0.88 1.01
ECOLAB 197.77   38.8 5.10 1.84 0.93
VISA 177.98   34.2 5.21 1.00 0.57

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